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Poster: brewster Date: May 29, 2004 6:00am
Forum: etree Subject: Archive needs minor mac development

The problem is that the Mac does not stream via m3u files correctly without 3rd party apps. Jon tweeked a freeware applescript to get it to launch itunes, make the concert into an album and start playing it. (we have not had good luck working with apple directly).

The problem is that it is a multistep process to install it. This is likely to make it unused.

If someone can spare the time, what we would love is a installer that: places the m3uplayer app in the apps folder, then changes the .m3u default app to run that app.

Hopefully this is less than a night's hack for someone who knows what they are doing. This has to be freely distributable-- open source is preferable.

Thank you!

Digital Librarian
Internet Archive

This post was modified by brewster on 2004-05-29 13:00:32

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Poster: EricCFlem Date: May 29, 2004 11:49am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Archive needs minor mac development

I'm not a developer, but I'm just curious... what problems are people having streaming music? Is this a problem that everyone but me is having? At both my parents' place (they're running system 10.2.8) and on my computer (running 10.3.3), both QuickTime Player and iTunes play m3u files perfectly.

Just wondering if you've checked to see what other users might be using (or not using, as the case may be).

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Poster: joobie Date: Jun 13, 2004 9:30am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Archive needs minor mac development

itunes most certainly does not play them perfectly.

it will play the first file in the stream, and when it gets to the end, it stops.

yes, quicktime works but it would be nice to create a playlist in itunes labelled, for example 'gd1973' and just link to all the streams from 1973 in that playlist.

unfortunately apple seems to have their heads in the sand here.

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Poster: EricCFlem Date: Jun 13, 2004 10:48am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Archive needs minor mac development

Try this... instead of double clicking on the m3u file, start iTunes. Once iTunes is opened, drag the m3u file into the lefthand column (which is where playlists are supposed to go in the first place). Click on the new playlist to see a list of songs. Double click on the first song, and then listen to iTunes play through the playlist perfectly. In order. Without stopping after the first song.

The problem you (and others, apparently) are having is that if you just double click it to start up iTunes, it puts the unnamed songs all in a row (in order), but then once a song starts playing, iTunes is given all the pertinent song information, such as artist, show, song title (stuff it didn't have before it started playing), so it rearranges the song it's playing (based on how you are having iTunes arrange your song library). That's why it stops, because the songs are no longer in the same order. But if you keep the playlist separate from your library (by putting it in the lefthand column with the rest of your playlists), then iTunes plays it perfectly.

This post was modified by EricCFlem on 2004-06-13 17:48:47

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Poster: Jonathan Aizen Date: May 29, 2004 6:11am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Archive needs minor mac development

Indeed I think this would help. I watched a user try to do it, and it failed miserably. Even after successfully installing it, it wouldn't work properly. Any help would be much appreciated.